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Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump embarked on his first foreign trip as president yesterday. It'll be a busy trip overseas, as he's visiting five countries in nine days. (More on his schedule here.)

This morning, Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia at the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport. It was an unconventional first stop, as no former president has settled on Saudi Arabia as their primary stop during their first POTUS trip abroad. Melania and Ivanka didn't wear the traditional head scarves, and as the AP's Julie Pace noted: "It's standard for women in Western delegations to not cover their heads in Saudi Arabia. Including Theresa May, Merkel earlier this year."

Don't forget: In 2015 when Michelle Obama similarly passed on wearing a head scarf in Saudi Arabia, Trump tweeted: "Many people are saying it was wonderful that Mrs. Obama refused to wear a scarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted. We have enuf enemies"

Trump attended "a coffee ceremony and presentation ceremony of The Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal at the Royal Court Palace," per AP's report, and he talked with Saudi King Salman following a welcoming ceremony.

Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon are on the trip with POTUS, and this morning they joined a ceremony to present Trump The Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal at the Royal Court Palace.

Evan Vucci / AP
Evan Vucci / AP

WaPo's Phillip Rucker noted the Saudis put on a grand show for Trump and crew.

Trump's first remarks following the day's ceremonies, per the WH pool report: "That was a tremendous day. Tremendous investments in the United States. Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs"

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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai is being detained until an April court hearing after the pro-democracy supporter was charged Thursday with fraud, per his Apple Daily news outlet.

Why it matters: The 72-year-old's arrest and denial of bail is another blow for the pro-democracy movement in the former British colony amid concerns about a fresh crackdown on activists.

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Inhofe loudly sets Trump straight on defense bill

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Senator Jim Inhofe told President Trump today he'll likely fail to get two big wishes in pending defense spending legislation, bellowing into his cellphone: "This is the only chance to get our bill passed," a source who overheard part of their conversation tells Axios.

Why it matters: Republicans are ready to test whether Trump's threats of vetoing the bill, which has passed every year for more than half a century, are empty.

Conspiracy theories blow back on Trump's White House

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President Trump has rarely met a conspiracy theory he doesn't like, but he and other Republicans now worry the wild tales told by lawyers Sidney Powell and Lin Wood may cost them in Georgia's Senate special elections.

Why it matters: The two are telling Georgians not to vote for Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler because of a bizarre, baseless and potentially self-defeating theory: It's not worth voting because the Chinese Communist Party has rigged the voting machines.

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